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DOORS CLOSED: Extensive repair work is underway at Clerys department store

DOORS CLOSED: Extensive repair work is underway at Clerys department store

DOORS CLOSED: Extensive repair work is underway at Clerys department store

Eighty-six staff at Clerys department store will temporarily lose their jobs as extensive repair work continues on the iconic city centre store.

Dublin's oldest department store closed its doors to the public last month after it sustained extensive water damage during a storm.

Some 400 staff are employed by the city centre retail outlet, which has been closed for more than three weeks after part of the roof caved in on July 25.

Management and store owners, the Gordon Brothers, met with employees yesterday to inform them of the news.

The staff affected are mainly sales assistants and those working in back-of-house functions.

The 86 employees will not be paid by the store for the next four weeks, but Clerys have vowed to safeguard their jobs and say that they will remain as employees.

A spokesperson said: "Due to the extent of damage, Clerys will not be fully operational in the short-term. As a result it is with regret that 86 employees were informed that they are to be laid off on a temporary, short-term basis for at least four weeks.

"Plans and activity to fully refurbish the department store are well underway and management is confident that Clerys will reopen on a stronger than ever platform."

News of the extended closure comes amid suggestions that Clerys will not be up and running until November.

"It will be at least another few weeks until we know what is going to happen with the store," a spokesperson for Clerys told the Herald.

"We are hoping to have a date for the official relaunch soon," added the spokesperson.

DAMAGE

"There was quite extensive damage done to the roof at the time and we were aware that it was serious."

Some staff and management remain fully employed by the department store.

The damage occurred after a three-week dry spell when a violent thunderstorm hit the city around midnight. Renovations were being carried out at the store at the time of the incident, but Clerys say the damage was completely weather related.

The store sustained structural damage as well as water damage, which saw a section of the roof collapse.

The famous Clerys clock was unharmed during the rainstorm.

hnews@herald.ie


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